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Minerva Chirurgica 2007 April;62(2):125-7

language: Italian

Subfascial endoscopic perforating vein surgery in patients with advanced trophic lesions (lipodermatosclerosis or ulcers)

Scarpulla M. 1, Marsala U. 2, Vitale G. 1, Abruzzo A. 1, Abruzzo F. 1, Vitale A. 1

1 Unità Operativa Semplice di Chirurgia Vascolare Azienda Ospedaliera Ospedali Civili Riuniti, Sciacca, Agrigento
2 Unità Operativa Semplice di Angiologia Azienda Ospedaliera Ospedali Civili Riuniti, Sciacca, Agrigento


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Aim. Subfascial endoscopic perforating vein surgery (SEPS) is proposed in the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency stages C4-C6 of the CEAP classification.
Methods. SEPS was performed in 10 patients (4 men, 6 women), 3 of which were stage C4, 4 stage C5 and 3 stage C6.
Results. Full resolution of ulcers was achieved in the 12-month follow-up period; no post-operative sepsis complications were observed.
Conclusion. SEPS is a safe procedure and a valuable therapeutic aid in the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency complicated by trophic skin ulcers. Compared with other techniques, it is less invasive, works directly on the healthy skin and significantly reduces skin wounds.

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